Day 2: Invalidovna by Willis Chung
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  3. Day 2: InvalidovnaDay 2: Invalidovna
Arriving at Invalidovna, there is quite a line along the north wing.
It looks like a 2-3 hour wait.
Well, we planned on getting here at 9 AM, but couldn't make it out the door, so now we wait.
Pretty fierce statues along the top of the facade of Invalidovna
Walking around Kaizlovy sady, the park north of Invalidovna. A blimp and a guided tour.
Much frolicking in Kaizlovy sady
Another view of the statues atop the facade of Invalidovna
The line looks long from any angle.
Invalidovna is a giant open square surrounding a central courtyard.
The west end isn't in quite such good condition. The building was constructed from 1731-1737.
Could use a bit of touch up...
A wider angle view of the west end of the north building
Part of the west grounds behind the north building.
Overgrown lawn to the west of the west building.
Southern end of the west building.
A statue protected against the elements. Sort of looks like an alien...
Artists at work on the west end of the north building.
A pretty weed growing along the north side of Invalidovna
We finally make it to the front of the line, after 2 hours!
We should be OK with these restrictions.
Another 30 minutes waiting inside the entrance as a tour group in English is put together.
Statues like this adorn the entrance and stairways inside Invalidovna
The central courtyard looks quite nice! We were not permitted to roam about.
Another view of the central courtyard from the main entrance.
Starting down the corridor inside the north wing
Windows from the corridor looking into a patient ward.
Looking into the courtyard from the corridor.
Double doors into a patient ward
Our excellent guide explaining the layout of the building and the horrible flood of 1997.
Our tour group, heading into the corridor to explore
Entrance into one of the patient wards, stairs heading up to galleries overlooking the main floor.
Another view of the north wing corridor
Some previous happy visitor left these on the windows into a ward.
Modern windows looking out into the courtyard. The building was the army archive for a while.
This wiring is certainly not up to code!
Multiple locked off wards in the north wing.
Windows high in the hallway to let light and air from the courtyard into the wards.
Details of the arches making up the ceiling of the north wing corridor.
Inside one of the unrestored wards. Damage on the walls is how high the floodwaters reached.
Stairway up to left gallery overlooking the main floor of the ward.
Stairway to the gallery on the right gallery and the flood damaged ward.
Heavily damaged ward locked off. The lock still has a price sticker on it.
Very inviting doorway leading from the north wing into the courtyard.
Strange combination of reflections from the corridor with light from the far end of the ward.
This is the same door as the previous photo, stepping back two feet. Love that superwide!
Now at the northeast corner, admiring the courtyard.
Looking out onto the east wing.
The view back down the north wing corridor, back the way we came.
Photographers at work, looking down the east wing corridor.
I waited my turn for this view of the east wing corridor.
Arriving at Invalidovna, there is quite a line along the north wing. It looks like a 2-3 hour wait. Well, we planned on getting here at 9 AM, but couldn't make it out the door, so now we wait. Pretty fierce statues along the top of the facade of Invalidovna Walking around Kaizlovy sady, the park north of Invalidovna. A blimp and a guided tour. Much frolicking in Kaizlovy sady Another view of the statues atop the facade of Invalidovna The line looks long from any angle. Invalidovna is a giant open square surrounding a central courtyard. The west end isn't in quite such good condition. The building was constructed from 1731-1737. Could use a bit of touch up... A wider angle view of the west end of the north building Part of the west grounds behind the north building. Overgrown lawn to the west of the west building. Southern end of the west building. A statue protected against the elements. Sort of looks like an alien... Artists at work on the west end of the north building. A pretty weed growing along the north side of Invalidovna We finally make it to the front of the line, after 2 hours! We should be OK with these restrictions. Another 30 minutes waiting inside the entrance as a tour group in English is put together. Statues like this adorn the entrance and stairways inside Invalidovna The central courtyard looks quite nice! We were not permitted to roam about. Another view of the central courtyard from the main entrance. Starting down the corridor inside the north wing Windows from the corridor looking into a patient ward. Looking into the courtyard from the corridor. Double doors into a patient ward Our excellent guide explaining the layout of the building and the horrible flood of 1997. Our tour group, heading into the corridor to explore Entrance into one of the patient wards, stairs heading up to galleries overlooking the main floor. Another view of the north wing corridor Some previous happy visitor left these on the windows into a ward. Modern windows looking out into the courtyard. The building was the army archive for a while. This wiring is certainly not up to code! Multiple locked off wards in the north wing. Windows high in the hallway to let light and air from the courtyard into the wards. Details of the arches making up the ceiling of the north wing corridor. Inside one of the unrestored wards. Damage on the walls is how high the floodwaters reached. Stairway up to left gallery overlooking the main floor of the ward. Stairway to the gallery on the right gallery and the flood damaged ward. Heavily damaged ward locked off. The lock still has a price sticker on it. Very inviting doorway leading from the north wing into the courtyard. Strange combination of reflections from the corridor with light from the far end of the ward. This is the same door as the previous photo, stepping back two feet. Love that superwide! Now at the northeast corner, admiring the courtyard. Looking out onto the east wing. The view back down the north wing corridor, back the way we came. Photographers at work, looking down the east wing corridor. I waited my turn for this view of the east wing corridor.
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